NORTH UNITED SC
A partnership between CR United SC and Northern Lights SC which officially started in 2020 as "Unite the North".
Leaders from both clubs recognized the uniqueness of our clubs within the soccer landscape in the north metro.
We were both providing competitive soccer opportunities, with the chances to complete at all levels, without the high costs.
Our commitment to being unique amongst our peers and developing people and players will continue on through our partnership.
DIRECTORS OF COACH AND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Originally from WI, Meghan became involved in Northern Lights Soccer when her oldest daughter, who is now 18, was only 4! Her husband started coaching and she started out as a team manager/team Mom. As her 2 younger kids came into the soccer world, she continued to work closely with the program, ultimately starting her time on the board as the concessions coordinator when Elmcrest Park opened. Meghan worked in this position for a few years before stepping into the Vice President role and ultimately into the President role, as well as the ARAA Soccer Commissioner for the past 2 years. She’s excited for the path our club has taken in partnering with CRU to form North United!
Outside of soccer, Meghan is a physical therapist at MHealth Fairview Rehabilitation Sports and Physical Therapy. She lives in Andover with her family and enjoys spending time with my 3 kids and husband camping and being outdoors!
Todd was born and raised in Ramsey, MN. His entire family was deeply rooted in soccer, with his twin brother also playing professional soccer and two sisters that had strong collegiate careers.
In 1994, Todd graduated from Anoka High School as the all-time leading scorer and went on to play college soccer and set the still standing single scoring record at Viterbo University in WI.
In 1995, Todd transitioned to his professional career in soccer with the Cleveland Crunch of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). That same season, Cleveland Crunch won the league championship and Todd was named a second team all-star.
In 1996, Todd returned home to MN to play two summer seasons with the Minnesota Thunder, returning to Cleveland in the fall. Before the year ended, Todd was traded in December of 1996 to the Milwaukee Wave, going on to win the Championship in 1997.
Todd spent most of his professional career with the Milwaukee Wave, the longest running soccer club in America. During this time, he continued to play professional outdoor soccer with the Milwaukee Rampage and Milwaukee Wave United. Todd earned his place as a part of Milwaukee Wave's Inaugural Hall Of Fame class in 2009.
Todd finished 1997 playing in Lafayette, LA with the Swampcats of the Eastern Indoor Soccer League (EISL). He led the league in goals, assists, and total points along with helping the Swampcats win their 2nd straight Championship.
During the fall of 1997, Todd made his first of many trips as a member of the US National Futsal team to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He joined the team again in 2000 to play in the Tiger 5's National Futsal tournament in Singapore.
In 2004 Todd represented the US in Costa Rica for the CONCACAF qualifier, winning the gold medal and qualifying for the 2004 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Taipei Taiwan. As a starter for the US World Cup Team, they had they best finish of any US Futsal team, but eventually lost to Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Todd was a member of six League Championship teams and named the MVP of the MISL Finals in 2005, after scoring the game winning goal in double overtime. The goal was also featured as #6 on ESPN's "Plays of the Day". In 2006 Todd was named MVAP during the MISL All-Star game versus Mexico.
Todd also coaches: USYF National Futsal team, MYSA ODP, and is the assistant coach for the Rogers High School girls soccer team, and is the Technical Director for the TC SALA Futsal academy.
Todd has run Coerver coaching camps and clinics since 2013. In 2012-2013 he was an assistant coach with Macalester College men's program. For over 17 years, Todd has been a summer camp director, 12 of those years with Milwaukee Wave's summer camp, one of the largest in the United States with over 4,000 kids a summer. He has run Futsal clinics in Brazil, Singapore, Costa Rica and Taipei Taiwan.
Todd also spends time volunteering with numerous organizations over the years including the MACC Fund and Children's Hospital in Milwaukee.
Aaron grew up in the Elk River area and graduated from Elk River HS in 2004. He was a two time letter winner, Mr. Defense and helped Elk River HS to their best finish in the State Tournament in 2002 finishing third in Class AA.
Aaron played collegiately at Bethany Lutheran (MN) for a year before a knee injury during his sophomore year. He continued as player/coach of the Minnesota State-Mankato club team making the Club National Semifinals his junior year and qualifying his senior year. He also volunteer assisted at Bethany Lutheran.
After earning an Education 5-12 licensure, he started coaching at Chanhassen HS and volunteer assisting at St. Thomas University. Lindquist co-head coached Elk River Boys HS Soccer for three years before taking over as a head coach for one year helping the Elks to state twice and 4 sectional finals in his time.
Lindquist was hired to teach at Rogers HS and took over the girls program helping them to their first ever section final his first year. In 8 years the team has made 7 sectional finals and one state tournament.
Lindquist is a 5 time section coach of the year as well as the state's coach of the year in 2020 and recognized as the United Soccer Coach of Significance.
Lindquist has 8 years of Director of Coach and Player Development experience having implemented a "Look and Think" approach to teaching the game. Holding a US Soccer DOC Diploma, as well as various other licensures,
He also works with TC Sala which is one of 30 US Soccer recognized Futsal Development Academies in the United States having guided multiple teams to the national championships and assisting on national semifinal and runner-up finishers.
Aaron also holds a Masters in Educational Leadership through St Mary's University (MN). He and his wife, along with three children, live in Maple Grove.
Growing up I played club soccer for Northern Lights Soccer Club and Plymouth Fusion. I attended Anoka High School for all 4 years where I was on the team that won back to back State Championships in 2014 and 2015. I then went on to continue my soccer career at University of Wisconsin-Superior where I got my Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Coaching. I am currently working on my Doctor of Chiropractic degree, with a sports emphasis. I have been with the club since 2018, and am currently coaching the U15 Girls League One team, and the U18 Boys Premier II team.
I have been in love with the game of soccer since I could walk, playing since, all the way through college at The College Of Saint Scholastica! I have my bachelors in Exercise Physiology from CSS, as well as my masters in Medical Nutrition from ASU. I am currently a personal trainer at Three Rivers Fitness, working with individuals to find a healthy balance between fitness and nutrition to get to their goals. My education and experience helps transfer over to players on my team to help them be successful both on and off of the field. I have been involved in coaching since high school, diving deeper into my coaching career after I graduated college. I had the privilege to return to my hometown team, Rogers High School, getting the opportunity to coach alongside Aaron and Todd, the two I give credit to for my knowledge and love for the game! This is my first year with Northern Lights, and I am so excited to be part of this community!
Chris Johnston is in his second year coaching at CRUNLS. Chris is also the coach for the Andover C Squad Girls Soccer team.
Previously, Coach Chris was a head JV coach and assistant varsity coach in Fairmont, Minnesota for four seasons. Prior to that, he spent two years coaching the Fairmont middle school team. Coach Johnston has over 25 seasons of coaching experience.
Coach Johnston is an attorney and started coaching while in law school. He has continued to coach soccer ever since. He loves coaching, and also has coached and coaches mock trial, speech, and debate.
Chris lives in Coon Rapids with his wife, Melissa, and their two puppies, Hamilton and Coral.